Brooklyn, New York
Sourcing his current series primarily from magazine advertisements and printed photo-scans, Paul Loughney constructs collaged compositions intentionally devoid of readily discernible human and consumer product forms. Rather, the artist dissects and extracts from the fabricated contextual tableau of human consumption and desire merchandising, constructing quasi-interior spaces filled with surreal arrangements and haunting light. Here painterly schisms of shape, line, and color converge in a zero-gravity field where-in the lost tracings of both subject and creator entice and frustrate the viewers most basic meaning-making impulses. Like the pastiche that is memory, Loughneys' collages conflate notions of the lurid, the prosaic, the notional, and the real.
Paul Loughney received an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and a certificate in Printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA). Selected exhibition venues include the International Print Center of New York (New York, NY), Seraphin Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Leslie Heller Workshop (New York, NY), Parallel Art Space (Ridgewood, NY), Subspace Gallery (Berlin, Germany), and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Ana, CA). Former visiting artist at both the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop his works have been covered by Studio Break podcast, Stripes Zine, Beautiful Savage Magazine and Kolaj Magazine. The artist lives and works in New York City.